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Cirkewwa clean up surfaces another sunken car

Sep 5 2021 Share

As yet another car was removed from South Quay, Cirkewwa, local scuba diver Raniero Borg posted to social media stating that his organisation has lost count of the amount of cars removed from this particular area. 

The collaborative clean up was undertaken by NGOs Raniero’s Adventures and Zibel, along with the Malta Tourism Authority. Photos uploaded to Facebook show Raniero sitting in the algae ridden vehicle, yet another dumped into Malta’s surrounding waters. 

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Several cars have listed the coastal seabed around Malta, with Paradise Bay becoming a particular hot spot to litter due to the currents dragging trash from the sea. Monthly clean-ups have been organised with other NGOs by Raniero’s Adventures, with these including Zibel and No to Plastic Malta. Apart from clean-ups, Zibel also organise research and educational programmes aimed at reducing waste generated in Malta and focusing on improving the environmental context. 

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Photo Source: Raniero’s Adventures FB

Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten announced the adoption of twins

Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten announced the adoption of twins
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Maltese-American US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg announced alongside his husband Chasten the birth of their adopted twins. Writing to social media, Buttigieg said that the couple are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to their family. This follows the update last month that the couple were in the process of adoption, but they were not ready to disclose any information at that point in time. 

Joseph is named for Buttigieg’s father who was a Notre Dame professor who sadly passed away in 2019. The Washington Post reported in July that the couple had put themselves on lists to adopt any abandoned or surrendered children as they prepared to become parents. Chasten revealed how the adoption cycle is filled with frustration and hope, as some parents change their mind about putting children up for adoption and the process itself is quite tedious. The couple seems to have finally made another of their wishes come true as they welcome their new family members! 

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Photo Source: Pete Buttigieg Twitter

Labour shoots further up trust meter as PN still behind

Labour shoots further up trust meter as PN still behind
Sep 5 2021 Share

Prime Minister Robert Abela continues to bask in a 22 point lead over Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech in the trust barometer. Despite the more recent findings of the Daphne Caruana Galizia public inquiry, the labour party has avoided any catastrophic trust damage as the survey head between 25th of August and 2nd September by MaltaToday shows. No survey was held in August, but the survey captures the overall trust in government following the inquiry and racking, but as of yet unconfirmed, rumours about a November general election.

Abela stands at a 51.5% trust rating, losing only 0.1 points since July. On the other hand, Opposition leader Grech scored 29.5%, a change relatively unmoved since July. The Labour Party seems to have a lead of more than 33,000 votes, showing a drop in 6,000 votes since July. 17.8% of those surveyed preferred neither leader or party. 

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Photo Source: Robert Abela FB, Bernard Grech FB

62 COVID-19 cases registered overnight with 33 recoveries

Malta has registered 41 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, while 29 patients have recovered.
Sep 4 2021 Share

Malta has registered 62 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 3,351 swab tests, while 33 patients have recovered. One death was registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Friday 3rd September 2021, 798,760 vaccine doses were administered of which 415,003 were 1st doses. 413,600 people are currently fully vaccinated.

To date, Malta has registered 36,426 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 34,869 have recovered, 442 died and 719 are still active.

Mater Dei Hospital is currently treating a total of 33 COVID-19 positive patients, two of whom are in the ITU.

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